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The Roving Party
by Rohan Wilson
- First published: April 28, 2011
- ISBN: 9781616953119 (161695311X)
- Publisher: Soho Press
- Genres: fiction, australia, historical, westerns, tasmania, contemporary, novels, war
- Author: Rohan Wilson
- Awards: New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing (2012), Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award (2011), Victorian Premier’s Literary Award Nominee for Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction (2011), Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Nominee for Newcomer (2012)
- Places: Tasmania
- Release date: February 25, 2014
- Format: hardcover, 304 pages
- Language: english
About The Book
1829, Tasmania. A group of men — convicts, a farmer, two free black traders, and Black Bill, an aboriginal man brought up from childhood as a white man — are led by Jon Batman, a notorious historical figure, on a “roving party.” Their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize. Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena. A surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality, The Roving Party is a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw.
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